Text in the Communications Tome:
Notes on the Ogre Waygate System for the Perusal and Illumination of Our Allies
Following our arrival in Tanaan Jungle and the establishment of Lion’s Watch, our forces uncovered an unusual waygate of Gorian make, along the riverbank leading southwest from the Watch. Fortunately, the forces of Gul’dan do not appear concerned with it, which has left it free for our study.
Like others reported across the continent, the waygate is placed upon a strong ley-line nexus (and the strongest we have found within Tanaan), suggesting a mastery of portal-magic by the Witch-Lords of the Gorian Empire. These nexuses allow each waygate a sizable mana pool, helping to lessen the impact of opening portals on individual mages. The waygate appears in ruins, but the magical framework required to open portals is still well-maintained, which I theorise is down to the spirit of an ancient ogre-mage tied to the waygate. The spirit appears non-hostile and has not reacted to our attempts at communication, nor nearby sparring, so it appears safe to ignore it.
To activate the waygate, a mage trained on portals should tap into the magical framework, at which point they will be able to detect and select other available nexuses. In coordination with regular portal magic from the mage, the waygate will activate a one-way portal to the target location, which will remain open for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, dependent on the strength of the nexus at the time.
Of course, this presents a problem if we want to move supplies into Tanaan, as no waygate is close to our supply lines. Research in the Lunarfall garrison has revealed that a substitute can be made, by routing portal magic through the waystones used by Draenor’s ogre-magi. A portal created in this way mimics a waygate and can connect to others until the stones’ inherent magic is drained, at which point they are inert until they naturally recharge (we have theorised that their magic is a blend of elemental and arcane, allowing for it to naturally replenish itself). These imitation portals are dependent on the supply of waystones, as a waystone takes several days to recharge itself. Currently, our supply allows us to create a portal once every second day. To establish a permanent regular supply route, a large supply of waystones should be stored.
Alongside several copies of the above notes, which are circulated among those of magical inclination in Rangari Refuge, the following Report appears in the Communication Tome:
These notes have been copied by arcanist Keliera Dawndancer of the Convocation of Elrendar for dissemination among our allies, so that we of the Horde may co-ordinate safer and faster supply deliveries to help us in the campaign against the forces of the Burning Legion in Tanaan. To this end, my thanks go to Magus Cynndia of the Violet Shroud, who initially compiled these research notes and graciously allowed me access to them; and to her comrades, especially Sergeant Dalathar Locke, with whom we have come to a cordial agreement allowing the Horde use of the waygate detailed within these notes. We hope this will lead to continued bountiful co-operation.
Given the contents of these notes, the Horde will need to amass its own store of waystones to create a long-term supply chain, unless we route our supplies via Lunarfall, which will come at significant time and financial cost. If any member of the Horde has obtained any of these waystones, they are welcome to donate them to their commanders in Vol’mar or Rangari Refuge – provided that they check themselves that these are waystones, and not compacted clefthoof dung.
A choice of where we open our own portal has yet to be made, but for ease of use by our allies it is likely to be within one of the Frostfire garrisons nearest Draka’s Reach. We are also yet to decide on a form of signal with the Alliance to show when each is making use of the portal, in order to prevent shipment clashes. Until this is settled, it will be simple enough to do on an ad-hoc manner via the Communications Tomes, as only the commanders need inform each other until a permanent schedule is settled.
Finally, we have recorded signs of attempted interference with the portal by arakkoa since our initial meeting with the Violet Shroud, and suggest that any parties sent to recover shipments are well-armed in case of ambush, and also sent before the shipment is due to arrive, in case of theft.
With a strong supply route on our side, the Horde can begin moving out from Vol’mar and pushing the Fel Iron Horde towards the Citadel, and towards our ultimate victory over the Legion. Lok’tar!
– Arcanist Keliera Dawndancer of the Convocation of Elrendar.